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White House to recognize Oakland County for Economic Innovation

Oakland County is being recognized this week by the Obama administration for economic innovation.  The county implemented shared online services, allowing 40 communities around Southeastern Michigan to implement features like online bill payments and tax assessments.

Phil Bertolini is Chief Information Officer for the county.  He says this allows communities to select and pay for only the things they need.

It’s a shared services model, where the applications and technologies are run in a central location and others can then use those and only pay for what they consume.

Bertolini says he will be one of 13 economic innovators presenting at the White House as part of a Champions of Change program.